Flyers-Rangers: Game 46 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Following a three-day break from games, the Flyers return to the ice to continue their schedule as it hits the final stretch. Just 11 games remain, and it will only be a matter of time before the team is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

After a pair of embarrassing losses to the New York Rangers in the span of eight days, the Flyers managed to rebound with a 2-1 win back on March 27. They will close out the season series against the Rangers with a pair of games leading into the weekend, starting with Thursday night's matchup.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers-Sabres: Game 41 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

At the time of puck drop on Sunday afternoon, there will be 25 hours remaining until the NHL trade deadline. There is certainly a chance things could look different for the Flyers by the time they next take the ice following this game. Of course, Saturday's win somewhat kept their playoff hopes alive for a bit longer.

Now, the Flyers take the ice again, this time to face the Buffalo Sabres. A win could move them back to within two points of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East, pending the result of Boston's game later on Sunday night. 

Game time is at 2 p.m.

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Flyers Get Win in Regulation Over Bruins

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

With the trade deadline looming on Monday, time is certainly running out on the Flyers to make any form of a playoff push. Some of the results over the last week very well may have already dashed those hopes. For the players though, the playoff push isn't over yet with 18 games to play, but it was going to take regulation victories to really make an impact.

The Flyers got one on Saturday, scoring the only goal of the third period to claim a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Bruins: Game 40 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Following another meeting with the Islanders that resulted in a shootout loss, the Flyers are going back up against the Boston Bruins for the third time this week.

The two teams split the games earlier in the week with the Flyers winning on Monday night in overtime, then falling in regulation on Tuesday. That loss certainly felt like the final nail in the coffin on the Flyers playoff hopes, but if they are to make any bid at getting back in the race, a regulation win on Saturday against Boston is a must. 

Game time is at 2 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Thursday’s Flyers-Islanders Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

At this point in the season, there are two ways to look at each Flyers result. If you are like the players clinging to any little hope left in a playoff race, the result of the game is all that matters. If you have come to terms with the Flyers shortcomings this season and are already focusing on next season, the only thing within the game that matters is pulling a few positives that make the team competitive.

If you are the latter, this was a really good game from the Flyers. There were two very notable areas that stepped up and helped get the game to overtime and put them in a position to win. But if you were strictly looking for two points and a chance to stay in the playoff race even just for a little longer, it was another night where even a solid effort came up short.

Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders.

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Flyers Fall Short to Islanders Again in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Last Saturday, the Flyers kept their dimming playoff hopes alive for another day by getting a point against the Islanders and then following it up with an overtime win over the Bruins on Monday. Tuesday's regulation loss felt like a dagger with points being of the utmost importance.

The Flyers got one point by getting Thursday's game against the Islanders to overtime, but suffered the same fate as their previous game in Long Island, falling in a shootout, 3-2.

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Flyers-Islanders: Game 39 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There are still 18 games remaining on the Flyers schedule, and though they technically have time to make things interesting in the playoff race, another loss to Boston on Tuesday sure felt like the dagger. It is going to take a run of astronomical proportions to make the playoffs now, so that would require wins at all costs, especially for the remainder of this week before the trade deadline.

The Flyers week continues with a meeting against the New York Islanders, a team that just made their splash at the trade deadline by acquiring Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils. 

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Tuesday’s Flyers-Bruins Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Five minutes into the third period on Monday night, the Flyers got a power play that was really their best chance at tying the game. They did on a goal by Sean Couturier. And from there, the Bruins played knowing the importance of even just one point in that game.

The Flyers may have won that game in overtime on Monday night, but it was how they followed up on Tuesday night at home. It was an all too familiar formula. It wasn’t necessarily a slow start, but they fell behind on the scoreboard, requiring a comeback effort. They struggled in the special teams game. It produced another multi-goal deficit.

Then, the Flyers came out firing away and buzzing throughout the second period. They tied the game within the first five minutes. They had multiple opportunities to get the lead. They looked like the better and hungrier team.

So with 12:35 remaining in the third, when the Flyers were going back on the power play in a tie game, this might have been their best chance to get the lead and try to play from in front to get a regulation win. Instead, they got the most fitting of endings to this game. A shorthanded goal, another special teams blemish, did them in. It cost them this game, and it very well may be the final blow that knocks out their season too.

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s 4-2 loss.

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Marchand's Shorthanded Tally Sinks Flyers

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For the majority of the season, special teams has dictated a number of games for the Flyers, but especially against the Boston Bruins. In Tuesday night's game, it's what likely dashed their playoff hopes for good.

The Flyers got a third-period power play in a tie game with a chance to grab the lead. Instead, they gave it away, allowing a shorthanded goal to Brad Marchand that proved to be the game-winner in a 4-2 loss at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Bruins: Game 38 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Finally, on Monday night, the Flyers got their first win against the Bruins this season. It took overtime to do it though, and that allowed the Bruins to essentially maintain pace with the Flyers in the standings, when every point is valuable.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday night, this time in Philadelphia, to complete the home-and-home and the second of three matchups this week that could ultimately determine the standings for good. For the Flyers, it's another must just to keep pace.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Monday’s Flyers-Bruins Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The result was what the Flyers needed. How long it took was what they didn’t. In this critical week in their season, the one that will likely define whether they choose to buy or sell – or do a little of both – at the deadline, the Flyers needed to win games. They have one to start, certainly a step in the right direction. 

But against the Boston Bruins, a team that entered the game with a four-point lead in the standings and two games in hand, allowing them a point doesn’t cut it. 

That said, they get to play another day with the thought that a comeback in the standings remains possible. It’s still a longshot, and they can’t afford to repeat the process in getting the same outcome on Tuesday, but they have finally slayed the dragon they couldn’t beat this season. With this win, the Flyers finally have one against the Bruins. Now, they need to get the next one on Tuesday.

Before getting to that, here are five takeaways from Monday’s game.

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